Election Day prep, concern about elimination of historic tax credit, arrest in Glenville gun store burglary, worms and cow-milking robots

Election Day
It's Tuesday, as you know:
+ A look at the three statewide ballot questions that will be on the back of everyone's ballots, including the question about whether to have a constitutional convention. [TU]
+ Election issue highlights from around the state. [Politico NY]
+ Saratoga Springs voters will choose whether to change the city's form of government. [Daily Gazette]
+ A profile of the race between Peter Crummey and Julian Schreibman for seven-county state Supreme Court judgeship that includes this area. [TU]
+ The fight over absentee ballots in the Albany's 11th ward has prompted a judge to order the ballots for the general election to not be counted until there's hearing about their validity. (It may not matter if the Common Council race isn't within the margin of the absentees.) [TU]

Republican tax plan
+ Local developers and officials say the potential elimination of the federal historic tax credit could have a big effect on this area, where the credit's been used to renovate many old buildings. [TU]
+ A proposed new tax on some private college endowments could hit schools such as Skidmore and Union. [Daily Gazette]

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Fatal fire
A 55-year-old woman died in a large Schaghticoke house fire Saturday. Authorities say the cause of the fire isn't known yet. [News10] [TU]

Trial in the death of Noel Alkaramla
Debra Napoli Oquendo -- mother of Noel Alkaramla, former wife of Johnny Oquendo -- on being subpoenaed to testify in the trial, to Rob Gavin: "[F]or me to have to go through, first of all losing my only child to a horrific crime but then by the man who was my husband and to do what he did to my child, and then to get in here be subpoenaed as a witness..." [TU]

Arrest in Glenville guns theft
Police say they've arrested one of the suspects wanted in the burglary of that Glenville gun store. [Daily Gazette]

Pissed
A Schenectady man is accused of ruining more than $1,600 worth of merchandise at a Rite Aid by peeing on it. [Daily Gazette]

Toxic sites
A survey of the many toxic sites scattered around the Capital Region. [Daily Gazette]

Jobs
A look at a local economic development program aimed at closing the "middle skills" gap so people can get jobs in advanced manufacturing. [TU]

Take a knee
About 50 people gathered outside Saratoga Springs City Hall Sunday for a "take a new" rally. Said co-organizer Hollyday Hammond: "White people need to take a stand, speak out, take risks ... It's less risky for us." [Daily Gazette] [Saratogian]

Political divides
Chris Churchill: "Given that the Russians have been trying to deepen our cultural and political divides, I consider it my patriotic duty to suggest that Americans might agree on more than we think." [TU]

Boreas Ponds
Sara Foss on the Adirondack Park Agency's delay in classifying the Boreas Ponds tract in the Adirondacks: "A delay is better than a bad decision, and it leaves open the possibility that the APA will make a good decision when it comes to the classification and management of Boreas Ponds." [Daily Gazette]

Boom
The "controlled drop" of a smokes stack at the Lafarge cement plant in Coeymans Sunday created thunder-like noises heard more than 12 miles away. [TU]

Before & After
A group of local barbers offered free hair cuts to homeless people and veterans in Troy this past weekend. The barbers say they ultimately want to get a "barber bus" and take the program to the VA and homeless missions. [Troy Record] [Spectrum]

Unique Boutique
A look at the in-school store of donated clothes at a Schenectady elementary school at which students can buy items with "dollars" earned by being good classmates. [Daily Gazette]

Brewcycle
There's a gap between Saratoga Springs municipal law and the insurance market that's keeping the Brewcycle off the streets of the Spa City. [Saratogian]

Cow-milking robots
A look at how a Columbia County farm is using robots to milk its cows. [TU]

Worms
Inside the Glenville business that using worms to create natural fertilizer. [Daily Gazette]

Derek Jeter
A Derek Jeter bought a house in Albany. [Biz Review]

Stuff going on today

Women's suffrage exhibit at the State Museum
Monday is the 100th anniversary of the vote to extend full suffrage to women in New York State, and the State Museum will have its new exhibit about the women's suffrage movement open. (The rest of the museum will be closed, as usual for Monday.) The curators of the exhibit -- Jennifer Lemak and Ashley Hopkins-Benton -- will be leading a tour at noon.

Music: Glassjaw at Upstate Concert Hall
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